What is social inclusion ? A socially inclusive society is defined as one where all people feel valued, their differences are respected, and their basic needs are met so they can live in dignity. Social exclusion is the process of being shut out from the social, economic, political and cultural systems which contribute to the integration of a person into the community (Cappo 2002). Quoted in VicHealth Research Summary 2 - Social inclusion as a determinant of mental health & wellbeing (January 2005) Social inclusion, community inclusion, social connectedness, normalisation, social integration, social citizenship - all these are terms that relate to the importance of the links between the individual members of our society and the role of each person as a member of this group.
Values that underpin social inclusion Everyone is ready Everyone can learn Everyone needs support Everyone can communicate Everyone can contribute Together we are better
RECOVERY FROM MENTAL ILLNESS HOPE UNIQUENESS OF INDIVIDUAL ACTIVE SENSE OF SELF DISCOVERY CONNECTEDNESS
BIO (MEDICATION) PSYCHO (TALK THERAPIES) SOCIAL Social inclusion Social connectedness Links to employment and housing Meaningful activity Volunteerism Other social services NGO SECTOR
Social inclusion in Mackay Individual programs for consumers (Recovery oriented services including personal helpers and mentors) Group programs for consumers (Recovery oriented programs - social inclusion, confidence building, getting ready for work, meaningful engagement in the community i.e. Day to Day Living Program, Lifestyle and fitness programs ) Individual programs for families/carers (carer pack) Group program for families/carers (carer pack) Respite for families/carers (carer pack) Links to agencies such as housing, disabilities, employment, advocacy, financial counselling, etc See your TMML Mental Health directory for more details of programs
Some opportunities in Mackay Mental Illness Fellowship NQ – Day to Day Living, Well Ways Program Ozcare Mental Health Service – Personal Helpers and Mentors Program Mackay Women’s Centre Mackay Men’s Shed Phoenix Place Inc – Compass Program George Street Neighbourhood Centre Shakespeare Child and Family Centre Consumer Advisory Group Grapevine Group Pioneer Employment Ideal Placements Galaxy Project Lifestream Grow